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Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee

The Committee
Chair:
Commissioner Darryl Glenn, (719) 520-6411, darrylglenn@elpasoco.com

Mission Description: To oversee El Paso County's participation in the long range recovery planning efforts within the Black Forest Fire burn area.   The following subcommittees have been created to accomplish this objective:

  1. Land Development Code/Code Enforcement
  2. Clean up/Recovery Process
  3. Community Support
  4. Citizen Preparedness/Lesson Learned
  5. Legislative Support
  6. Black Forest Together Citizens Committee
Subcommittee Areas of Responsibility

Land Development Code/Code Enforcement
Chair:
Commissioner Dennis Hisey, (719) 520-6414, dennishisey@elpasoco.com
Responsibilities: Vendor Referral

Clean up/Recovery Process
Chair: 
Commissioner Amy Lathen, (719) 520-6412, amylathen@elpasoco.com
Responsibilities:
Debris Removal/Permitting
Forest Mitigation
Hospitality
Volunteer Coordination/Connection

Community Support
Chair: 
Commissioner Sallie Clark, (719) 520-6413 sallieclark@elpasoco.com
Responsibilities:
Human Services
Senior Assistance
Community Fundraising and Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) disaster assistance fund
Community Recognition Programs
Finance


Citizen Preparedness/Lesson Learned
Chair: 
Commissioner Peggy Littleton, (719) 520-6415, peggylittleton@elpasoco.com
Responsibilities:
Emergency Preparedness
Survivor Advocacy
Stories From the Forest/Lessons Learned
Animal Control


Legislative Support
Chair: 
State Senator Kent Lambert, (303) 866-4835, senatorlambert@comcast.net
Responsibilities:
Disaster Declaration State and Federal Process
FEMA Declaration
Other

Black Forest Together Citizens Committee
Chair:
M/Gen USAF Retired Eddie Bracken
(719) 495-9396, ebracken9396@msn.com
Responsibilities: Review and Prioritization of Community Donations

 

Black Forest Fire Assistance & Recovery Information

Roads Information
Here is a Road Map of the Black Forest Area showing which roads are maintained by El Paso County. There have been several inquires about this topic.

Property Tax Assessments
The El Paso County Assessor has provided a detailed document to explain how the Black Forest Fire will affect the assessed value of properties in the Black Forest area. Click here to read or download the "Black Forest Fire: Value Loss and Damage Assessment" pdf.

Development Service Update
El Paso County Development Services Black Forest Fire July 31, 2013, update presented to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 6. PDF Document.

The El Paso County Disaster Assistance Center
Both offices of the Disaster Assistance Center are now closed.
Click here for a list of organizations and agencies that were present, some of these organizations might still be able to provide assistance.

Financial Donations
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is now accepting tax deductable donations to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire. The Community Foundation "Emergency Relief Fund 2013" is modeled after last year’s Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund which received an outpouring of community support dedicated to the Waldo Canyon fire.

Checks made payable to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation with the notation "Black Forest Fire" can be sent to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation at 730 North Nevada in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 or you can contribute online at www.ppcf.org and click the Emergency Relief Fund link.

Volunteer Your Time and Talents
For those interested in volunteering to help those affected by the Black Forest Fire please go to www.helpcoloradonow.org. Your information will be put in a database that will be shared with those affected by the fire as well as the organizations working to serve the families.

Donations
For food and water donations contact Care and Share. For all other types of donations including clothing, furniture, household items, etc., contact Discover Goodwill.

El Paso County Public Health
The El Paso County Public Health Department has Wildfire Public Heatlh Information on its website including: Tetanus Shots, Air Quality, Safe Cleanup, Handling Smoke Damage, Food Safety, Safe Removal, and Burial of Pets.
Clean Up Informational PDF Packet.

Emotional Support
The AspenPointe call center (572-6100) is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Callers who need assistance between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. can call the crisis hotline: 635-7000.
Those in need of behavioral healthcare can learn more about AspenPointe’s services by visiting www.AspenPointe.org or download a free app at the Apple and Google app marketplaces.

 

Communications Network for Black Forest Fire Area Residents

Communications Network
El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who represents the Black Forest area, is asking residents to form a communications network. He wants to communicate important details about the reentry and rebuilding process. He also wants to be able to hear feedback from residents.
Commissioner Glenn’s goal is to create a database containing the contact information for all Home Owner Associations and neighborhood representatives in the evacuation area.
If residents are living in an area without an established HOA, Glenn is requesting a volunteer to serve as the neighborhood liaison to assist him with providing and receiving assistance information.
If you are the representatives from your HOA or your neighborhood representative please send an email to Commissioner Glenn at darrylglenn@elpasoco.com, no phone calls please. Residents should contact their HOA to confirm someone has contacted him. Click here for current list of contacts.

Hazard Tree Removal

Hazard Tree marking and removal began in Black Forest Regional Park and in El Paso County Right of Way within the Black Forest Wildfire burn area. 

The work will impact road shoulders and temporary lane closures may be required.  Expect delays.  Residents are encouraged to drive carefully and be watchful for roadside workers.  All roads will remain open for the duration of the project.

The project will identify and remove burned trees that will not survive causing a hazard to the public.  Hazard trees with roots, trunks and branches weakened by fire can easily topple, posing a serious safety risk to the motoring public.  El Paso County has retained Ceres Environmental to perform the work and True North Emergency Management to provide monitoring, inspection and project management services.

The project will begin near the Black Forest Park and continue easterly until project completion.  The project is anticipated to be completed in April.  The completion date is dependent upon weather and resource availability.

The Black Forest Regional Park trail system remains closed but the active area remains open unless tree removal is taking place there.

 

Hazard Tree Questions: hazardtrees@elpasoco.com

Fact Sheet: PDF Document

Map of BFF Hazard Tree Removal Zones: PDF Map

Video of Tree Coming Down in the Park: YouTube

Important Links
Committee/Subcommittee Scheduled Meetings

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee Monthly Update
El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, Chair of the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee, will host the monthly meetings, to include updates from the subcommittees.  Meetings are held at the El Paso County Transportation and Environmental Complex located at 3275 Akers Drive.
Meetings for 2014 will generally be on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Next meetings: March 26 


United Policyholders Meeting, March 6
United Policyholders will be hosting another one of its nationally recognized “Roadmap to Recovery” workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.  This workshop is will address how to resolve disputes related to insurance repairs and rebuilding.

Learn About Dispute Resolution Tools:
• Negotiation
• Mediation
• Appraisal
• Litigation

A panel of experts will be available to answer questions.

The free workshop is at the Woodmen Heights Campus of Woodmen Valley Chapel, 8292 Woodmen Valley View (near the intersection of Woodmen Road and Marksheffel Road).  There will be plenty of room to accommodate residents from throughout the area with insurance questions.

 

 

Previous Meetings on the El Paso County YouTube Channel

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Feb. 26, 2014) VIDEO
El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman was on hand to answer questions about the residents property taxes.

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Jan. 29, 2014) VIDEO 
BFF Assessment Report, by Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners: PDF Document

United Policyholders Meeting
To Build or Not to Build (Jan. 9, 2014) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Dec. 18, 2013) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (November 20, 2013) VIDEO

United Policyholders Meeting 
(November 11, 2013) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (October 30, 2013) VIDEO

United Policyholders Meeting 
(October 3, 2013)VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) VIDEO

United Policyholders Follow Up Meeting
El Paso County Commissioners hosted another United Policyholders "Road to Recovery" meeting to focus on the necessary steps citizens need to take to rebuild their homes and interact with their insurance companies. (Tuesday, September 10, 2013) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Wednesday, August 28, 2013) VIDEO

Lessons Learned
El Paso County Commissioners held a meeting addressing the successes and problems of the Black Forest Fire recovery efforts. (Thursday, August 22, 2013) VIDEO

Senator Kent Lambert's Committee Meeting
Legislative Subcommittee meeting. (Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013) VIDEO

United Policyholders Meeting
El Paso County Commissioners hosted a United Policyholders meeting to focus on the necessary steps citizens need to take to rebuild their homes and interact with their insurance companies. (Thursday, August 1, 2013) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Monthly update for the citizens of the Black Forest Community. (Wednesday, July 31, 2013) VIDEO

Black Forest Fire Recovery Steering Committee
El Paso County Commissioners held a meeting to discuss what citizens of the Black Forest Fire need to know and do to start reclaiming and rebuilding their propertyttee. (Wednesday, July 3, 2013) VIDEO

Black Forest Recovery - Insurance Mentoring
El Paso County Commissioners held a meeting for Waldo Canyon Fire citizens to aid Black Forest residents by discussing their experiences with their insurance companies as they rebuilt their homes. (Monday, July 1, 2013) VIDEO

Debris Removal and Burned Trees
A meeting which focused on issues related debris removal and burned trees. (Friday, June 28, 2013) VIDEO

BFF Long Range Recovery Committee Kickoff
El Paso County Commissioners hosted an organizational planning meeting to establish a working structure for the Long Range Recovery Committee.  (Wednesday, June 26, 2013) VIDEO

 

Committee Meeting Minutes